Operational Risk Capital

71 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2020 Last revised: 16 Aug 2020

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Thomas Conlon

University College Dublin

Xing Huan

EDHEC Business School

Steven Ongena

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance; Swiss Finance Institute; KU Leuven; NTNU Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: July 2020


We study the response of banks to the introduction of a new capital requirement relating to operational risk. To isolate the effect of this new regulation on realized operational risk losses, we take advantage of the partial US implementation relative to full European adoption. Operational risk losses are reduced in treated banks. The extent of loss reduction depends upon the measurement approach used to calibrate operational risk capital requirements. Banks with low institutional ownership and those without binding regulatory capital constraints also present significant loss reduction. We link these findings to incentives for improved risk management and governance post treatment.

Keywords: Bank Regulation, Basel II, Measurement Approach, Monitoring, Operational Risk

JEL Classification: G21, G32

Suggested Citation

Conlon, Thomas and Huan, Xing and Ongena, Steven R. G., Operational Risk Capital (July 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15096, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3661440

Thomas Conlon (Contact Author)

University College Dublin ( email )

Smurfit Graduate Business School
Co. Dublin, n/a

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Xing Huan

EDHEC Business School ( email )

393 Promenade des Anglais
Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azu 06202

Steven R. G. Ongena

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

Schönberggasse 1
Zürich, 8001

Swiss Finance Institute

c/o University of Geneva
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CH-1211 Geneva 4

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000

NTNU Business School ( email )


Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

United Kingdom

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